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The New York Times Book Review…a familiar tale, but McPhail's watercolors are luxuriously colorful, like a warm, luminescent blanket at bedtime, and the alliterative text is softly lulling.
* "With meticulous inking and a palette of watercolors that glows with the soft colors of dusk and twilight, McPhail portrays an animal world where sleep is a welcome visitor and bedding down is an eloquent expression of personality."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"McPhail's watercolors are luxuriously colorful, like a warm, luminescent blanket at bedtime, and the alliterative text is softly lulling."—New York Times Book Review
"McPhail's watercolor-and-ink illustrations... are consistently lovely.... A sweet depiction of sleepy animals."—Kirkus Reviews
"[A] cozy alphabet/bedtime hybrid.... Quietly pleasant."—School Library Journal
Posted March 15, 2013
Reviewed by Anastacia Hawkins for Readers' Favorite
"All the Awake Animals are Almost Asleep" is an exquisitely illustrated bedtime book. The story starts out with a mother trying to get her little one to lay down his head and sleep. When he says he is not sleepy, his mother tells him that every creature has “night and day, has still and leap, has wide awake and sound asleep”. This is where the story turns into a lesson in alliteration. From A to Z, the animals are sleeping — Baby Bison has bedded down beside her brother, by the barn while Fox, fading fast, finds rest in the forest. On each page the highlighted letter is drawn in cursive, and we see a sleeping animal that starts with that letter. Fir example, after letter 'L', As the light laps the leaves, Lion lies down, lounging low with Lioness and the little ones.
"All the Awake Animals" is a lullaby in a book. David McPhail’s soft, watercolor illustrations are soothing and comforting; just seeing all the adorable sleepy animals will inspire yawning and stretching. The rhyming text in the beginning and end of the book is fun to read and listen to. I was a bit disappointed that the rhyming did not continue throughout, but each animal’s alliterative line is soothing to the ear — Turtle is tired, and turns in, tucking each tiny toe into her tight shell. This is more a bedtime book than a teaching tool for the alphabet; we wouldn’t want to stimulate little minds just before bed. But just listening to the sounds the letters make will certainly help to strengthen their understanding.
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Posted January 11, 2013
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